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Thanks for the in depth post. The ones I got from eBay have worked really well. Same NM as the OEM struts and not as shown in the photo on eBay. Boot now holds perfectly.
Andy,
Excellent news; this shows that the addition of a spoiler does not change the rating required for the boot struts.
It also shows that your previous struts were banjaxed.
And that eBay sourced parts are an appropriate alternative (which is where I sourced mine, so I knew that already).

Can you quote the size and strength of the struts you bought, for reference?
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Andy,
Excellent news; this shows that the addition of a spoiler does not change the rating required for the boot struts.
It also shows that your previous struts were banjaxed.
And that eBay sourced parts are an appropriate alternative (which is where I sourced mine, so I knew that already).

Can you quote the size and strength of the struts you bought, for reference?
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Hi

I don't have a boot spoiler - yet . I think they are 440NM, not sure on length though, same as OEM.
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Hi i have a Rieger boot (trunk) spoiler fitted to my car.
The boot spoiler was already fitted when i bought the car.
The gas struts need replacing,would the standard Mercedes
gas struts be ok ?, or should i buy some oem struts that have a higher rating.
Spoiler must add some extra weight.
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My boot (no spoiler) only stays open when it's push right up. If I pull it down just a little, it'll slam shut. I assume I need to replace the struts also?
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I don't have a boot spoiler - yet . I think they are 440NM, not sure on length though, same as OEM.
Andy,
Sorry for the confusion; as you can see, there has been quite a time since the spoiler discussion, so I'm significantly out of step.
And your initial question was clear, that you did not have a spoiler.

Still, if anyone is thinking about changing the struts with a spoiler, this is the thought proces required.
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I bought a couple replacement trunk struts off Amazon, from the seller Lift Supports Depot, cost $34 for the pair. They arrived yesterday, and I replaced them this morning, took 5 minutes. Pretty sweet. I should've done this years ago! Been propping the trunk open with a broken hockey stick for all this time...
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just replaced my boot (trunk) dampers using guide on here.
Superb guide - 5 minutes as stated - using zip ties.
Cost 32 including delivery - no Merc logo though !
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Wow that's expensive! Paid 10 for my pair from eBay.


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In a former life, one of my colleagues was the trunk, and bonnet strut Engineer. As the production plant was in another state to the design team, we were always flying interstate for pilot builds, carrying the latest spec parts. The gas strut Engineer would go crazy as they would never let him on the plane with pressurised gas struts, as, " they were dangerous" so they went in checked luggage. ( how is that safer?) . So when you put your luggage in the overhead lockers what do you see, ? Yep, 2 identical gas struts for every overhead locker, !
But rules are rules.

I never attempted to carry my airbags, they went by courier. Do you think the courier drove them interstate.? No, bet they went by plane too. Still, not my worry then.

PS, forget every re-gasing struts. The reason they go bad is the gas leaks out, almost always because over time very small scratches occur on the polished rod, or tiny gaps/damage in the rubber seal caused by dust and grit and lots of cycles. If you re-gas the old struts, the new gas just leaks out through the same faults as before. Not worth the cost/trouble. Always go for new struts. One thing you can do is occasionally wipe the strut rods with a clean cloth to get the dust off. Costs nothing, can make the struts last longer.

I have three cars whose ages add up to 70 years! In the last few years I have replaced the trunk struts on all three. The easiest, quickest, most satisfying refurbishment one can do in a advert break! Should last me another 20 years!

Did my hatchback by myself. Popped one side off, hatch fell on my head. D'oh! Forgot how much work even dud ones do. Takes three hands to hold hatch unclip strut, remove strut. Bring a friend ! Fortunately no one saw my stupidity. Never told the missus. Secret men's business!
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That was very helpful.
Replaced the struts in less than 5 minutes without removing or loosening anything on the car.

Dealership:
Needed to order the struts -
Then I'd have to make an appointment.
Then they wanted to charge me $135
(but that includes the free espresso)

Struts from Amazon
delivered free in 48 hours.
0 Labor cost - 5 minutes of my time.
$19.99/pr - installed.
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I bought a pair off eBay when I replaced mine earlier this year. They were about the same price as a pair of windscreen wipers... around 15 the pair! I lubricated all of the hinges with some of the stuff I use on my mountain bike... 'Finish Line - Cross Country', synthetic and it smells nice.

I would say that replacing the struts was a "no-brainer", which is just as well after I had my head clouted by the boot lid a few times before I replaced them.
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I bought a pair off eBay when I replaced mine earlier this year. They were about the same price as a pair of windscreen wipers... around 15 the pair! I lubricated all of the hinges with some of the stuff I use on my mountain bike... 'Finish Line - Cross Country', synthetic and it smells nice.

I would say that replacing the struts was a "no-brainer", which is just as well after I had my head clouted by the boot lid a few times before I replaced them.
Slightly cheaper than oem MB.
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